Tenant allowed to keep home

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A COUNCIL tenant has narrowly avoided eviction from his house after he was found growing cannabis plants.

Richard Watson, aged 42, of Dagnam Crescent, Arbourthorne, Sheffield, was also found with crack cocaine in his home.

During a police raid in March officers discovered 17 mature cannabis plants.

He was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court of the production of cannabis and possession of crack, and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail.

At a subsequent Sheffield County Court hearing, Sheffield Council was granted a possession order for the property – but suspended it for three years on the condition Watson engages in no more drug-related activity.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes, said: “Growing illegal drugs on the property was a breach of Mr Watson’s tenancy agreement and he has now had to suffer the consequences of a custodial sentence.

“He will certainly face eviction if he breaches these conditions again.”

Watson was also ordered to pay the council’s costs of £2,000.